Online degree

MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing

Advance your career in mental health and build practical skills to support the wellbeing of young people with ARU's master's in child mental wellbeing.

Make a difference in young people's lives with a child mental health master's

This master’s qualification in child mental health will significantly enhance your employability as a child and adolescent mental health expert in a wide range of settings including health and social care and education-related industries.

You’ll expand your knowledge of mental wellbeing issues affecting children and develop a range of practical and in-demand skills in child mental health.

You’ll cover topics such as children’s psychological development, child mental health conditions, research methodology, and the impact of family, societal, and cultural influences on a child’s mental wellbeing.


Gain an expert understanding of the mental wellbeing issues affecting children and adolescents and develop in-demand skills in child mental health with ARU’s online master’s in child and adolescent mental wellbeing.
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
5 programs
Fully online

What do I need to apply?

You’ll need a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use our online learning management system (LMS) with high-speed internet and email.

How much will it cost?

7300.00 GBP

How can I study?

This Masters degree is available to study full time or part time.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please contact us for further information.

Due to the structure of this course, there will be instances where you will study 2 modules simultaneously during a trimester. You will be supported by your tutors to help manage your workload and assessment deadlines.

Please contract one of our advisers to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to match your circumstances.

What are the learning outcomes?

This fascinating, skills-orientated course is split into four modules and one large project.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Combine knowledge related to child and adolescent mental wellbeing, including cultural and social issues.
  • Critically evaluate complex needs in children and young people’s mental health and examine the complex needs of the family.
  • Critically evaluate and analyse children’s typical psychological development and how it can affect mental wellbeing in children and young people.
  • Critically evaluate cultural, social and family issues which can influence child mental wellbeing with a focus on a national and international perspective
  • Present a comprehensive analysis of child and adolescent mental health conditions
  • Critically evaluate the application of knowledge, reasoning skills, reflection, and research into children’s mental wellbeing within an ethical and legal framework
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of alternative ontological, epistemological and methodological perspectives
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant concepts, models and principals that’s inform and illustrate the area of inquiry

Intellectual (thinking), practical, affective and transferrable skills

  • Demonstrate originality of problem solving strategies in children’s mental health care, taking into consideration international/national drivers, and contemporary issues.
  • Critically debate how socio-cultural and environmental factors can affect the mental wellbeing of children and young people and highlight how developmental issues may affect mental well-being.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of legal, ethical, moral issues in relation to children’s mental health care, including stigma.
  • Critically analyse intervention and prevention strategies for children’s mental wellbeing.
  • Critically evaluate research findings and the importance of these in informing and developing child and adolescent mental health care.
  • Negotiate a comprehensive, integrative topic or investigation appropriate to mental health care which demonstrates a creative flexible approach.
  • Demonstrate competence in the management of a research or work-based project in a way that is consistent with mental healthcare.

What you’ll get as a degree student with FutureLearn

  • Learn when you want by watching videos, reading articles, doing tests, and completing assignments online
  • Join online discussions and collaborate with your peers in a virtual study group
  • Enjoy discussions with feedback from expert educators
  • Get full access to the university library, online resources and support

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